On the Diamond: Little League Team Wins District, Intermediate Team Loses in Regionals
The Alameda 12-year-old All-Stars took home the District 4 championship with a 13-9 victory over Lafayette on Monday, July 11.
Alameda’s chances of winning the title looked grim late in the contest. They trailed Lafayette 9-6 entering the top of the sixth inning, but underwent a ferocious rally with seven runs in the top half of the sixth to take a commanding 13-9 lead. This is the 14th time the 12-year-old All-Stars have won the District 4 championship in 21 years.
The road to the title took the team two weeks. Alameda defeated Pinole Hercules in the first round of the District 4 tournament 12-2 on June 28. They followed that up with another double-digit victory when they took down South Oakland Little League 17-2 on June 30.
After a break for the Fourth of July, Alameda got back into its winning ways with a 15-8 win over Lafayette on July 5. Alameda followed that with a 19-2 drubbing of Antioch in the semifinal round on July 7.
Alameda suffered its first loss of the tournament in the championship series 13-3 to Lafayette on July 9. However, because it was Alameda’s first loss of the tournament and they were the higher seed, they needed to lose twice to be eliminated. Alameda quickly rebounded with the 13-9 victory to take the tournament championship.
The team will now compete in the section tournament. Alameda will play Napa National in the first round of the section tournament this Saturday, July 16.
Alameda Intermediate 50/70 All-stars
The Alameda Intermediate 50/70 All-stars finished third in the NorCal Division II Intermediate playoffs after being eliminated by Evergreen 6-5 on July 7.
It was the second loss for the Island City team. The squad lost to Chowchilla 8-3 in the opening round on July 2. They then turned things around with two dominating victories. First, a 24-1 victory over Salida on July 5. Then a 26-17 revenge win over Chowchilla on July 6 — the game was postponed after a problem with the field lights. The game was completed on July 7.
The second loss eliminated Alameda Intermediate from the tournament. All regional games were played at Bernal Sports Park in Pleasanton.
Before they were eliminated the team did win the NorCal Section 1 finals. To win sectionals they defeated Vacaville National twice; first on June 29 (9-7) in 10 innings and a second time a day later (24-8).